In Reply to: Re: Oil Gelling in Toyotas posted by Joe on 07/12/02 at 3:29 PM:
Hi Joe. Just got your e-mail. I live in North Carolina and drive a 1997 4-cylinder Camry that has approximately 124,000 miles. I change my oil every 3,000 - 4,000 miles pretty faithfully (usually at the dealership). I think that this is more than sufficient. In fact, the first time I noticed the smoke was after taking my car TO THE DEALERSHIP for the usual oil change. When I called to question them about this, they were very quick to tell me that it was just a leaky valve and nothing to worry about unless it was smoking constantly.
I thought this was very suspicious at the time, especially since they didn't offer to take a look at it. Now I'm beginning to see why. I want to take my car in to be repaired, but I'm afraid that without proof (I don't have excessive oil use either or engine damage that I can see), they will brush me off or force me to pay for anything they do.
I'm not sure what to do at this point except wait and see.
I also bought my car used through Hertz Car Sales in 1998, so I am not sure if their warranty works from that date or the date of the original purchase. Hopefully we will get further feedback.
I will keep you posted on whatever I hear.